Australia: Cory Bernardi’s provocative motions on abortion divide Coalition

Cory Bernardi's provocative motions on abortion divide Coalition

Katharine Murphy
Thursday 16 November

The Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi has triggered messy Coalition divisions on the floor of the Senate, with some government frontbenchers voting in favour of a motion opposing Medicare funding for the termination of pregnancies on gender grounds.

Bernardi proposed a series of provocative motions on Thursday morning covering abortion funding, greater scrutiny of the activist group GetUp and White Ribbon Australia’s support for abortion, including late-term terminations – which had Coalition figures cantering across the chamber.

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